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Council adds member; praises departing Leister

October 10, 2012
Morning Journal News

NEW WATERFORD -One in, one out.

After appointing Gary DeMarchis to fill former Councilwoman Chris Bodnar's open seat on Tuesday, Councilman Larry Leister, after three years on council, resigned effective Oct. 18 for personal reasons.

Bodnar resigned effective Oct. 1 after six years and nine months on council.

Both four-year seats expire on Dec. 31, 2013 and DeMarchis and whoever fills Leister's seat will face the ballot in November 2013.

Mayor Shane Patrone praised Leister, 66, for "the effort you brought to council ... you will be missed," he said.

Leister, a Vietnam veteran with the 1st Infantry in 1967-68, said he was resigning with "reluctance" and was moving back to Pennsylvania.

"I really enjoyed working with all of you he said ... it was fun. I can't say enough about it." He commended the police department, saying it does "a heck of a job" and other council members commended him.

"You've been a great asset," said Councilman Tom Cresanto.

Council has 30 days from Oct. 18 to replace Leister before the appointment goes to Patrone.

DeMarchis, an East Palestine business owner and operator, is expected to be sworn into office during next month's council meeting after council unanimously approved his appointment.

His letter of interest for Bodnar's seat was the only one the village received.

Anyone interested in filling Leister's unexpired term can submit a letter of interest to Fiscal Officer Dave Slagle or the village at 3760 Village Park Drive, P.O. Box 287, New Waterford, Ohio, 44445.

Applicants can also drop off resumes or letters in the water and sewer drop-box in the front of the community building or bring it in during office hours.

Council members are paid $50 a month regardless of the number of meetings they attend and can enroll in the state pension plan. There are no health benefits.

In other business, Solicitor Tad Herold advised council regarding the traffic light at state Route 46 and Main Street in the center of the village.

He said there were inquiries about removing it and returning it to an intersection controlled by stop signs. Herold was unsure when the traffic signal was installed and explained that it depended on whether the village requested it and it was "warranted or permitted" or whether "somebody from the village just went out and put them up."

If that was the case then Herold said "it was not a problem for us." But if it was petitioned for from the Ohio Department of Transportation they will have to return to ODOT now that traffic has changed.

Administrator Fred Fink has contacted ODOT, Herold said, adding that if it is a warranted light, they my have to get an engineer and there are few engineering firms in the area that could handle the situation.

"We need to find out what our options are and go from there," Herold said.

In other business, council set trick or treat to run from 5 to 7 p.m., Oct. 31.



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